The Hotel riviera is a top hotel situated right on the Benelmadena promenade. Completely refurbished (May 2013) to a high standard throughout. Our room was on the 7th floor and on the pool side at the road end.
The rooms are lovely, spacious, modern and clean. A comfortable seven foot wide bed, two chairs and a coffee table, 32 inch plasma TV with a number of English channels, reasonable sized balcony, bath and shower along with his and her wash basins. Hair dryer, tea and coffee supplied (along with kettle and cups/glasses). Also excellent double glazing which cut out all road noise and an effective (and quiet) air-con unit.
The hotel itself was well appointed, the reception staff were very helpful (and spoke pretty good English) and the Thomson rep was excellent. The dining room was spacious and the food was fine. Food though is a very personal area but in our opinion the breakfast buffet offered a good choice including cooked English, cold meats and cheeses, breads and conserves, fruit, porridge, cereals, eggs, omelettes and pancakes. For evening there was always meat, fish, tapas, show cooking (meat or fish cooked to order), salads, vegetables, etc. I did hear some moans about the food but it was all well cooked and it is hard to see what else they could do.
Around the hotel was a nice pool area, plenty of sunbeds, a small gym and the normal poolside bar serving drinks and food. We cannot comment on the hotel bars (never went) or the entertainment (ditto).
So what were the minor niggles. Being asked to pay 3 euros a day for the safe, 3 euros a day for the fridge, 20 euros for 2 weeks wifi in the room (in fairness it was free in the reception area), 40 euros deposit for two pool towels (you got it back but is was still a lot to ask for two towels) also my wife would mention the cleaning of the rooms/balcony - which was ok, just not great. The gym was in name only, one running machine, one cross trainer, two bikes and a small weight machine, great view though over the Med.
In summary we had a great holiday, the hotel is fine, the food is good, the location is excellent, the pool and sunbathing area is excellent and the rooms are as good as you get at this price. Would we go again, of course we would - just suspect the price will be high next year.
A little recommendation for you, if you visit the area and go to the Arroyo de la Miel market on the Friday, a call into 'Cupcakes and Dreams' for an English cup of tea and a cake, is well worth the visit.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Riviera Benalmadena
- TUI Sensimar Riviera By MedPlaya Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol, Spain